Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saint Coe

David Allan Coe
20" x 48", oil on canvas, 2015
The album Nothing Sacred by David Allan Coe is described as "among the most racist, misogynist, homophobic and obscene [albums] recorded by a popular songwriter." The song Jimmy Buffett insults the popular singer of the title. Both Coe and Buffett were living in Key West in the 1970s, but in the lyrics "Jimmy Buffett doesn't live in Key West anymore," Coe accuses Buffett of escape (and being an elitist m*f*er.)  The photograph on which this painting is based is much newer that 1978, the release date of Nothing Sacred, but looking at the palm trees in the photo it may very well be in Key West. (Why Coe is wearing a fur coat in the picture I do not know. My wife and I drive to Key West tomorrow but we won't take any more clothes than a t-shirt, shorts, flip-flops, and bathing suits.) Music critics were hesitant to give any attention to the album and musician. Yet the art world was not so concerned. The Art Institute of San Francisco pulled a drawing of Coe from this website for their announcement of the exhibition Wrong is What I Do Best in 2014.

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